Vista Field Redevelopment plan officially breaks ground

The project aiming to transform Kennewick’s old airport into an urban center broke ground on Monday morning.

The City and Port of Kennewick along with Benton County celebrated the start of phase one of the Vista Field Redevelopment project with a ceremony. The plan is aiming to turn the abandoned airport’s 103 acres into a walkable neighborhood.

Phase one of the project includes work on roadways, utiltiies, sidewalks, streetscaping, etc. It will also help open nearly 20 acres for private development that the Port of Kennewick will sell to help fund the project.

Port of Kennewick President Thomas Moak said that by the end of the project, the field will be equipped with homes, offices, stores, restaurants, parks, canals and a performing arts center for the public.

“It creates an urban environment that the Tri-Cities has really been missing over these man years,” Moak said. “This will help create opportunities for a variety types of jobs and services.”

Moak said they believe the project will help create half a billion dollars of economic development for the growing Tri-Cities community.

Phase one will take about a year to complete. Officials estimate the entire project to take around 20 years total.

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